Containers for Hire in South Africa: Everything You Need to Know

Do you need additional storage at your home, office or warehouse? Shipping containers for hire are the ideal storage solution! They are mobile, secure and no building plans are required, saving you money and time. Here are some things you need to know when considering shipping container rental in South Africa.

Size / Dimensions

Shipping containers come in three standard sizes and the industry often refers to size in feet as opposed to metres. They also come in general purpose or high cube – this simply refers to the height of the container. General purpose is a standard height while high cube has additional height.

Please refer to the external dimensions to ascertain the best size for you and whether it will fit into the space you have allocated. You also need to consider the internal dimensions to ensure that there is sufficient space for the goods you are storing.

Shipping Container Sizes

3m (10ft) Container

3m shipping containers offer secure storage for areas where space is a premium. They have a small footprint and can be delivered within a week for safe and secure storage.

The external dimensions of a general purpose 3m container are 2.991m long, 2.438m wide and 2.591m high.

The interior measurements for a general purpose 3m container are 2.831m x 2.352m x 2.393m giving you a capacity of 15.934 meters cubed.

Shipping Container Sizes

6m (20ft) Container

6m shipping containers for hire are the perfect solution for additional storage requirements for your office, small business or factory. They can be delivered to just about any location, offering an instant and secure space with minimal capital investment.

The external dimensions of a general purpose 6m container is 6.058 long, 2.438 wide and 2.591 high, while the high cube is 2.896 high. The internal dimensions are 5.898 long, 2.352 wide and 2.393 high while the height of the high cube is 2.698m. The capacity is 33.196 and 37.427 metres cubed respectively.

The door opening is 2.340m wide and 2.280m high and 2.585m high for the high cube.

Shipping Container Sizes

12m (40ft) Container

12m shipping containers offer a substantial volume of approximately 76mᶟ of storage space for a high cube. They require minimal site preparation and can be delivered to create an instant warehouse.

The external measurements for a general purpose 40ft / 12m container is 12.192m in length, 2.438m width and 2.591m height, while the height of a high cube is 2.896m.

The door opening is 2.340m wide and 2.280m high and 2.585m high for the high cube.


The great thing about containers for hire in South Africa is that it is as flexible as you want it to be. We hire containers for anything from 30 days to over 5 years.

Even if you need containers for a shorter period, please reach out to us and we can see if we can assist with shorter term rentals.

Container Condition

All our containers are 100% wind and water-tight. That means that they will keep your goods dry and safe.

Containers are used and will have minor dents and scratches, but most of our rental fleet is fairly new and looks presentable. 

Should you have any specific colour or presentation requirements, please let us know.

Container Transport

Containers for hire are generally delivered using either a flatbed truck, or alternatively a crane truck, if the delivery location has no offloading facilities. Almar can arrange for either method of delivery.

When receiving or planning to transport your container, make sure that you specify the exact route, as well as where and how it will be positioned. This is extremely important because containers are not ideal for transport through certain roads, such as those with tunnels, trees and power lines.

Container Positioning

Make sure you have identified a flat, hard surface that can handle the weight of the container. An empty 3m container weighs 1.400kgs (1.4 tons), an empty 6m container weighs 2.185kgs (2.1 tons), while an empty 12m container weighs 3.640kgs (3.6 tons). A full 3m can take in excess of 10tons while a 6m and 12m can take in excess of 30 tons.   

If you do not have a concrete slab to place the container on top (which is ideal), it is advisable to place thin wooden ‘blocks’ under each corner. This helps stabilise and level the container. Bricks are not the ideal solution as they tend to crumble.

The Cost of Containers for Hire

The cost of hiring a container is relatively cheap in comparison to buying it and pricing will depend on how long you intend to hire it for. 

We have posted an extensive article that will help you understand exactly how much a container costs in South Africa.

To get a quote please call Almar on +27 31 561 6767 and speak to our sales team.

Have answers to these questions at hand for the swiftest service:

  1. What size container do you need?
  2. How long do you intend to use it for?
  3. What do you intend to use it for?
  4. Do you need it to be delivered?

Containers for Hire Process

Below is Almar’s process for containers for hire in South Africa:

Step 1

Step 1

Call for a quote on +27 31 561 6767 / +27 86 001 7476 or email

Step 2

Step 2

We’ll send you a formal quote and if accepted, a credit application is sent to you.

Step 3

Step 3

On receipt of the On receipt of the completed credit application, a credit review is done which takes approximately 2 - 3 working days.

Step 4

Step 4

Once the credit review is successful and the rental terms are agreed to we’ll send you an invoice for the first month’s rental and transport costs (to and from the depot if applicable).

Step 5

Step 5

Once payment is received, your container is released for delivery.

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